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Nikon’s D780 proves DSLRs aren’t dead yet!

New full-frame DSLR features decent resolution, fast burst rate and 4K video features…

Nikon may have had its eye on the mirrorless game, bringing the Z 6/Z 7 to market but it’s good to hear the brand haven’t neglected its DSLR crowd as the brand has just launched the D780 – a new full-frame DSLR with 24-megapixel of resolution.

Following on from the popular D750, the D780 inherits some features from Nikon’s flagship D850 and D5 cameras, making it an interesting proposition for those looking to step up to the  full-frame game. Backing up the 24.5-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) FX-Format CMOS sensor is the EXPEED 6 processor engine (the same engine found in the Z 6/Z 7 ).

The processor helps the D780 capture some speedy burst rates as the camera can shoot up to 7 frames per second in viewfinder shooting or 12 frames per second if you choose to use the Silent Photography mode during Live View shooting. There’s also a massively vast ISO range of ISO 100–51200, which is extendable up to 50-204800 – enabling photographers to shoot in low light conditions.

When it comes to autofocus, the new D780 features a 51-point Phase-Detection AF system for Viewfinder autofocus and a 273-point Hybrid-AF system for use with Live View. Portrait photographers will be pleased to hear this system also offers Eye-Detection AF, too. Images can be composed through the viewfinder or via a tilting 2359k-dot LCD with touchscreen technology.

The D780 features dual SD card slots.

But it’s not just stills features that will be grabbing the headlines as the D780 has plenty for film-makers too and is capable of capturing 4K UHD video at 30 fps with full-pixel readout. What’s more, Full HD can be captured up to 120p, enabling users to create cool slow motion sequences at a decent resolution. There’s no crop on the video and you can choose to shoot in Nikon’s Record in N-Log or Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) profiles.

Other features include in-camera timelapse, dual SD card slots, Nikon’s Snapbridge Bluetooth technology for transferring images and Focus stacking, which will be useful to macro photographers. You can also capture a exposure up to 900 seconds (15 minutes) with a single press of the button. Available from late January, the D780 is priced at $2,229/£2,199 (body only.)

The D780 can shoot 4K video.